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Microsoft Brings AI-powered Visual Search to Bing

The feature looks very similar to Google Lens that was announced during Google I/O 2017 conference

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Microsoft's beta Android launcher has digital health feature. Pixabay

Aiming to take on Google’s image recognition mobile app, Microsoft has launched a new “visual search” function for Bing which lets users click a picture of something with their mobile phone to search for it online.

“Today we’re launching new intelligent ‘Visual Search’ capabilities that build upon the visual technology already in Bing so you can search the web using your camera. Now you can search, shop and learn more about your world through the photos you take,” the Bing team wrote in a blog post late on Friday.

Logo of Microsoft outside it's office
Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office, Pixabay

The feature looks very similar to Google Lens that was announced during Google I/O 2017 conference.

It brings offerings seen from third parties that leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to perform quick and accurate object recognition on photographs.

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“Imagine you see a landmark or flower and want to learn more. Simply take a photo using one of the apps, or upload a picture from your camera roll. Bing will identify the object in question and give you more information by providing additional links to explore,” the company added. (IANS)

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AI App With Microsoft Azure to Tackle Malnutrition in India

The new app will hugely impact the early identification of children suffering from malnutrition, thereby reducing the treatment time

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The children of families in Saranda, Jharkhand suffer from malnutrition and malaria. Sanjay Mehta

Germany-based non-profit Welthungerhilfe has developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) smartphone app, powered by Microsoft Azure, to tackle malnutrition in India.

The Child Growth Monitor — a cloud-based app powered by Microsoft Azure and AI services — can detect malnutrition and enable health workers to identify and provide care to children suffering from chronic undernourishment.

By March, the app will help health workers scan 10,000 children under the age of five for signs of malnutrition, across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Twelve teams of 150 trained health workers have been provided app-enabled smartphones to collect the data of children, it added.

The app uses an infrared sensor available in some smartphones to capture 3D measurements of a child’s height, body volume and weight ratio, as well as head and upper arm circumferences down to the millimetre.

Representational image showing a malnutrition ridden child.

The app loads that captured data into Microsoft Azure. Nutritionists and IT specialists then evaluate the scans by using Microsoft AI solutions, pinpointing a child’s dietary health.

“Today, more than 800 million people around the world suffer from hunger. You can’t solve hunger if you don’t know where the hungry people are,” said Jochen Moninger, Innovation Director at the Welthungerhilfe.

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“The Child Growth Monitor app will emerge as a recognised, global solution among humanitarian organisations. In India alone, that could free up hundreds of millions of dollars for reinvestment into the lives of children,” he added.

The new app will hugely impact the early identification of children suffering from malnutrition, thereby reducing the treatment time. (IANS)